Opening Night: The Overtures of Rodgers & Hammerstein [#1]

Opening Night: The Overtures of Rodgers & Hammerstein [#1]

by John Mauceri
     
 

They may have had a few equals, but no pair ever surpassed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II when it came to writing musical plays for both theater and motion pictures. The list of their creations reads like a what's what of great American musical theater. Not only were their productions well above the ordinary when it came to the music, but they often dared to… See more details below

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They may have had a few equals, but no pair ever surpassed Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II when it came to writing musical plays for both theater and motion pictures. The list of their creations reads like a what's what of great American musical theater. Not only were their productions well above the ordinary when it came to the music, but they often dared to deal with sensitive social issues. One of the subplots in South Pacific concerned itself with interracial love. The King and I may well have been one of the earliest vehicles for dealing with issues affecting women in the mid-20th century, as well as cultural conflict between East and West. But most did not go to see these productions because they were morality plays in disguise. They wanted to enjoy the magical spectacle created around the words and music of these two geniuses. In its continuing effort to keep the products of this unique American cultural institution before the public, Decca Broadway has reissued this album of overtures to 11 Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, nine written for the stage, one for the screen, and one for television (Cinderella). The album was originally issued in 1991. They are played by one of the more legendary musical aggregations in the country, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, under the direction of John Mauceri. An overture to a musical is much like a prologue to a Shakespeare play. It creates for the audience an anticipation of what's to come. The result is an excellent 60-plus minutes CD capturing some of the highest-order entertainment for the musical stage and screen wonderfully and endearingly performed. The CD is packaged with a well-written booklet on the musicals and their composers. Recommended.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Decca Broadway
UPC:
0028943493222
catalogNumber:
434932

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mauceri   Primary Artist,Conductor
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra   Indexed Contributor
Bruce Dukov   Concert Master
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Mauceri   Liner Notes
Robert Russell Bennett   Orchestration
William David Brohn   Orchestration
Michael Gore   Executive Producer
Johnny Green   Orchestration
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Liner Notes
Joel Moss   Engineer
Sid Ramin   Orchestration
Ken Watson   Personnel Manager
Brian Drutman   Reissue Producer
Anne Parsons   Management
Don Walker   Orchestration
Dorothy Rodgers   Liner Notes
Ralph Gabriner   Cover Photo

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